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News: The Sound of Killer Instinct, Season 2

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 | 1 comment

In a recent video, some members of the Killer Instinct sound team, including Zachary Quarles, Adam Isgreen, Mick Gordon, Chase Ashbaker, and Jeff Dombkowski, discuss some of the unique approaches and techniques they used in creating the sounds for some of the new characters featured in the second season of the game, including how they created fire effects, scarab attacks, and raptor vocals.

And if that’s not enough enticement, you also get to hear Mick Gordon throat-sing!

Make Yourself a Valuable Sound Designer

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 | 20 comments

Jason Cushing

Guest Contribution by Jason Cushing

My name is Jason Cushing and I’m one of the co-founders of SoundMorph. Recently, I was chatting with the hard-working and talented Shaun Farley of Designing Sound about the site’s latest monthly topic: the business of sound. There are many aspects to this vast subject, but one topic that might be helpful for those of you just starting out in sound—or even (gasp) experienced sound designers—was the topic of turning yourself into a valuable asset.

This is simply an opinion piece and I don’t claim to be a guru with all the answers. As someone who started a successful online sound company, perhaps I can instill some helpful maxims that will make you re-examine your approach and take your “personal brand” to the next level! (more…)

The Mindset of Business

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 | 7 comments


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Guest Contribution by April Tucker

Early in my career, I watched a couple studios crumble first hand. One was a music studio that went bankrupt because the owner made some poor choices. The other was a post studio that laid off most of the staff in one day; “Black Wednesday,” we called it. I had mixed feelings knowing I’d own a business someday. Learning business skills didn’t seem like a choice – in our field, the odds are that you will be freelance (or take contract work) at some point. What I’ve since learned (through business classes and being in business) is that business isn’t just a skill set; it’s also a philosophy or way of thinking. (more…)

News: Tonebenders Ep. 36 – Marriage Equality Parade Recording

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 | 0 comments

In a recent, abbreviated episode of the Tonebenders Podcast, Rene Coronado had the opportunity to capture some celebratory crowd sounds following the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. In the episode, he discusses his recording approach, along with some unexpected inclement weather. Check it out here. Also, Rene generously made the raw recordings available for use, but they won’t be up for long, so grab them while you can!

The Neglected Topic

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 | 3 comments

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Photo by Edward Webb. Used under a Creative Commons license. Click image to view source.

This is going to be an odd month, because we’re not going to talk about sound. Not directly anyways.

There’s a broad range of topics that are often neglected in discussions of our craft, and that’s the business side of things. Media production programs in Colleges and Universities are practically a dime a dozen now…though they certainly don’t cost a little more than a dime. How many of them bother to teach anything relating to the business skills one might need to survive in such a competitive industry? I know mine didn’t, and that was a Master’s program.

It’s probably obvious, but we can’t teach even a tenth of what one might need to know with regards to this topic. None of us studied business. You do pick up a few things along the way though, and maybe we can help a few of you avoid some hard lessons. And maybe a few of you can help us avoid some we haven’t encountered yet.

Care to share?

If you haven’t seen this usual blurb in italics before, we ALWAYS encourage contributions from the community. It doesn’t matter to us who you are, or where you’re at in your career. If you’re interested in contributing to this month’s theme, next month’s (…will be “restriction” by the way), or going completely off-topic…contact shaun {at} this website.

News: Soundworks Collection – The Sound of Inside Out

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 | 1 comment

The people over at Soundworks Collection once again bring us a fantastic video, this time digging into the sound design of Inside Out, Pixar’s newest film. In the video, they discuss how director Pete Docter, producer, Jonas Rivera, supervising sound editor Shannon Mills, and the rest of the team approached creating an imaginary world, and give a lively depth to the movie’s characters, that embody the emotions of a young girl. Head over here to check out the video!

News: The Image of Sound

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 | 1 comment

Image of Sound Title

A recently-released short documentary, The Image of Sound, explores the often-overlooked world of sound design and sound editing. Produced by Amar Dusanjh, the short covers conversations with sound editor Eddy Joseph and sound designers Richard Addis and Dirk Maggs. In it, they discuss the creativity and passion that goes in to their work, along with the challenges and work ethic required in their day-to-day experiences.